August 19, 2016

Record number of child victims involved in human trafficking

Yangon, 7 July—Authorities in Myanmar investigated human trafficking cases involving a record six child victims in June, police said Tuesday.
“This is a record number, compared to previous months,” Police Captain Min Naing of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division of MPF told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Three of the victims were “females aged between 13 and 16, from Yangon, Mandalay and Sagaing regions, as well as Kayin and Kachin states” who were trafficked overseas for marriage or labour. The other three were forced to work as prostitutes in Myanmar.
Police were able to rescue all of the victims except one girl who was sold as a bride in China, Police Capt Min Naing said.
Under Section 24 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law enacted in 2005, trafficking in persons, especially women, children and youths, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend from a minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life.
The authorities last month uncovered 10 cases, rescuing 12 of 17 victims and arresting 20 traffickers, the majority of them women. According to the police, 66 trafficking cases have been recorded between January and June this year. Sixteen cases occurred in Shan State, while Mandalay, Yangon and Kachin were the next highest.
Other regions, except for the capital Nay Pyi Taw, Taninthayi Region and Rakhine State, accounted for less than seven cases.
The police arrested 113 traffickers in the first half of the year, but 59 suspects remain at large.
A total of 1,189 trafficking cases have been investigated nationwide between 2006 and June this year, with police rescuing more than 2,000 victims and arrested 2,144 traffickers, according to the official figures.—GNLM


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